John Rabe Host, Off-Ramp
John Rabe is the creator and host of Off-Ramp, KPCC's weekend news and arts magazine program, which has twice been named "best local public affairs show."
Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, but Off-Ramp lets him do what he loves best, and emulate one of his heroes, the late Huell Howser.
Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, then found his niche as reporter and anchor at WKAR, Michigan State University's public radio station, where he earned his BA in English.
Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, at WHYY in Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio. He came to KPCC in 2000. Off-Ramp debuted in 2006.
He lives with his art curator husband, Julian Bermudez, and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.
Stories by John Rabe
I'm 44, not 4, but I'd love a big pasta bowl with a picture of a tiger on the bottom that I got to see when I finished my meal. I also loved the little sake cups my dad brought back from Occupied Japan with a geisha who appeared on the bottom when the sake was poured in.
When I started Off-Ramp four years ago, I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted it to be, but I knew what I didn't want on the show. I didn't want snark. I didn't want NPR-style featurization* of Los Angeles.
(Photo by Julian Bermudez. All others by John Rabe.)
In last week's Off-Ramp Newsletter, I offered Kevin McCollister's, East of West LA, a slim new volume of LA photographs as a prize for the best listener photo of LA. (McCollister has many more photos on his blog.
Brian May wraps 40-year project by publishing first complete book of TR Williams's c. 1850 photos of an English village ... they're in stuning 3D.
In a blog entry and a feature piece this weekend, the Los Angeles Times finally noticed local printmaker and sculptor David Weidman, calling him "the most famous unknown artist."
So many dynamos.
“Queen’s” Brian May saves 3-D photos of tiny English village from obscurity in new book: “A Village Lost and Found.”
On the left, that’s Brian May, the Renaissance man who was busy taking 3-D photos when he was making it huge with Queen. Between him and me, Elena Vidal, his co-author on ”A Village Lost and Found”, a huge, lovingly compiled book about a set of stereo photo cards issued 150 years ago.
In the great tradition of doublespeakers John Charles McCabe and former President Franklin Marshall, Dylan Brody sent in this defense of Sarah Palin's mis-Tweet. We invite responses in the comment section below.
Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Charlie LeDuff gave up his jet-set life to become a stay-at-home dad. "I find myself staring into the rearview mirror of my career."
New kudos for Stenshoel's cassette album. (Cassettes were magic devices that made old people happy.)
KPCC engineer Peter Stenshoel sent me an e-mail the other day:
The name Pres Romanillos is not a household name … unless you’re in the Lasseter, Musker, Disney, Back, Canemaker, or Bird households. Pres is an animator who most recently worked on "The Princess and the Frog" at Disney and "Shrek 4" at DreamWorks.
From time to time, I’ve railed against the inefficiency of mass marketing e-mails. This one takes the cake:
Animation expert Charles Solomon literally wrote the book on Toy Story 3 - it's in bookstores today.
“The Art of Toy Story 3” hits bookstores today, with text written by Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon.